Sean Welch is a US Marine Corps colonel and nonresident senior fellow with the Forward Defense program of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security. He currently serves as director of concepts and plans within the Marine Corps Warfighting Lab in Quantico, VA. Previously, he served as concepts branch chief, Joint Staff Logistics Directorate. His experiences include leading marines and sailors at home in training and forward in conflict, generating and executing new and non-standard methods of operations, representing US uniformed services among US legislative branch representatives, Wall Street executives, Ivy League institutions, and Washington, DC think-tanks, educating the next generation of joint and multinational officers, and leading public-private innovation efforts. He is a graduate of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy, the recipient of the 2007 Marine Corps Officer Logistician of the Year Award, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s 2009 Angels in Adoption Award, and the 2015 Defense Logistics Award.